Republicans – Knox Democrats Tue, 11 Jan 2022 15:53:44 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Republicans – Knox Democrats 32 32 Analysis: Republicans on the verge of success in 2022 midterm election Tue, 11 Jan 2022 13:52:00 +0000



(The Center Square) – With less than a year to go until the November 2022 midterm election, Republicans are in a position to win more seats than expected after the constituency redistribution is finalized in the states and 44 members of Congress, including a majority of Democrats, are retiring or not running for re-election.

Soaring inflation and energy costs and declining poll numbers for President Joe Biden could result in Democrats losing dozens of congressional seats, political analysts say.

This month, six sitting members of the United States Senate and 38 members of the United States House are stepping down, according to Ballotpedia calculations. Of the 37 leaving the United States House, 26 are Democrats and 12 Republicans.

The majority – 28 – are retiring. They include six senators, including five Republicans, and 22 deputies, including 17 Democrats.

The others, 15, are running for another job. Eight members of the House are running for a seat in the US Senate, split evenly between Republicans and Democrats, with four each. They come from Vermont, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Florida, North Carolina, Ohio, and Alabama.

Three members of the House are running for governor – a Democrat and a Republican in New York, and a Democrat in Florida.

Others show up for state and local offices in Texas, Maryland, California and Georgia. They include a Republican running for secretary of state, a Republican and Democrat running for attorney general, and a Democrat running for mayor.

No US senator is a candidate for another office; all six are retiring. They include Republicans Richard Burr of North Carolina, Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, Rob Portman of Ohio, Richard Shelby of Alabama and Roy Blunt of Missouri, and Democrat Patrick Leahy of Vermont.

A Washington Post / ABC News survey found that Republicans hold a 10-point margin over Democrats in a generic congressional race. Close. Biden’s approval rating on the economy was 39% and his overall approval rating was 41% at the time.

A December survey by Rasmussen Reports also found voters preferred Republicans over Democrats by 13 points, 51% to 38%, at the time.

An even wider 22% margin was found among voters who identify as independents, who said they would choose a generic Republican over a generic Democrat with a 48% -26% margin.

Currently, Democrats hold a majority of nine seats in the United States House. The US Senate is divided, with 50 Republicans, 48 ​​Democrats and 2 Independents, the Independents forming a caucus with the Democrats and the Democratic Vice President acting as a tiebreaker.

That could change with West Virginia Democratic Senator Joe Manchin considering leaving the Democratic Party. “I would like to hope that there are still Democrats who feel like me,” Senator Manchin told a local West Virginia radio station, as reported. by the Washington Post. “Now if there aren’t Democrats like that, then they’ll have to push me where they want me.”

Senator Manchin also told reporters last month that he would consider quitting the Democratic Party if he became “an embarrassment to my fellow Democrats” as a “moderate centrist Democrat”. He said he would still be in caucus with the Democrats, allowing them to temporarily retain a majority.

Historically, since the end of World War II, the incumbent president’s party has lost seats in almost every midterm election.

A total of 469 seats in Congress are awaiting re-election in 2022, including 34 in the Senate and 435 in the House.

As a result of the demographic changes reported by the 2020 census, six states won seats in Congress, with Texas winning two. Five states won seats: Colorado, Florida, Montana, North Carolina and Oregon. Seven states lost a seat: California, Illinois, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

I’m going from Republican to Independent in the US House race in Alaska. Here’s why. Sun, 09 Jan 2022 19:16:57 +0000

I announced my campaign for Alaska’s sole seat in the United States House of Representatives on Independence Day in 2021. I applied as a Republican, after competing in the Republican primary for a State House race in 1994 – I lost by five points, 52.5% -47.5%. Since I started my campaign for Congress last summer on July 4, things have changed.

During the election campaign, many people told me that the Republican and Democratic parties had derailed on concerns of importance to Alaskans. I agree, and like many Alaskans, I no longer feel at home in either party. I am still a conservative in principle, pragmatic, successful, without drama, conservative. But now I believe I can better represent the independent-minded Alaskans of Last Frontier in Congress as an Independent.

I declare myself independent for three reasons. First, Republican senators and members of Congress, with too few exceptions, are distracted by relegating the latest election and not working passionately to solve the truly difficult issues facing Alaskans and the country today. There is no excuse for this neglect of their primary mission and there is no sign that the situation is improving.

Second, too many active Republicans are either silent or deaf on some important issues facing Alaskans. They are silent when it comes to the widespread lack of affordable housing, homelessness, health care and the high cost of prescription drugs. They are turning a deaf ear to the call to our generation in Alaska to develop balanced strategies to create jobs and help our economy recover from COVID-19, while facing the fierce emergency of climate change. And Republicans generally seem frozen with inaction in the face of internet scams, cybersecurity and privacy, as well as protection against identity theft, spyware and ransomware.

The third and deepest reason I now declare myself independent is the growing effort of the Republican Party to undermine the integrity of elections and democracy across the country. In 2021, Republican lawmakers introduced bills in Arizona, Missouri, and Nevada that would allow state legislatures to override and veto the votes of their constituents and directly or indirectly reject the results of the elections. presidential and other elections. For example, Arizona HB 2027 would grant the state legislature the ability to revoke the secretary of state’s certification “by majority vote at any time prior to the presidential inauguration.” Thank goodness none of these bills have become law yet.

Democracy is sacred. Voting is sacred. Voters are sacred. These are fundamental American principles that date back to before the founding of the country. The Boston Tea Party was a fight for “taxation without representation” – the vote. We waged our war for independence from the dictatorial king of England to rule us through legally eligible voters voting for our government leaders. Any attempt to erase legitimate votes is sacrilege.

Sadly, some Alaskan Republican candidates might now be flirting with that. Maybe more will as this campaign season unfolds. I support the right of these candidates to express themselves in the ideas market. But I will not remain silent while fundamental democratic values ​​are under attack. As an independent, I will put my competing message in the same market: voters, not partisan or other legislatures, are the ultimate voice in our democracy. I also want to show our young people how to protect the democracy imagined by the founders of our nation. Our ancestors fought for democracy. I will too.

On the other side of our two-party system, the Democratic Party is also a mixed bag for Alaska. The $ 1 trillion package currently being proposed by the Democrats contains things we need for Alaskans, including climate change mitigation measures. But he also has a lot of lard. Sadly, Democrats live up to their well-deserved reputation for overspending.

However, Democrats have also laudably generated the Infrastructure Bill which will bring roughly $ 10 billion or more to critical projects in Alaska. Senator Lisa Murkowski bravely helped negotiate this, and the entire Republican delegation in Congress from Alaska voted in favor. They did so despite opposition from a majority of Republican senators and U.S. officials who ignored the extensive needs of their home states with the futile goal of denying Democrats a legislative victory.

I recently served as director of the two largest local governments in Bristol Bay, where I helped protect these communities from COVID-19 during the annual summer wave of thousands of commercial fishermen and canneries in the heart of the world’s largest sockeye salmon fishery. I know firsthand the immeasurable value these billions of dollars will bring to repairing Alaska’s aging roads, ferries, water and sewer systems, communications and ports. It does not matter who initiated this important piece of legislation. It is important that we have it.

I went from Republican to Independent on January 6, the first anniversary of the violent attack on the United States Capitol. This attack was an attempt to obstruct America’s greatest triumph of democracy – the peaceful transition of our country’s political leadership. On the anniversary, the state and National Republican Party websites went silent. No. We must see January 6 for what it was and must never let it happen again.

Neither side has a monopoly on crafting effective solutions to Alaska’s problems, or making mistakes along the way. But, in my opinion, neither side is actually putting in all the energy and creativity that we need now. Alaska needs a new conservative, creative and independent voice in Congress to meet a new generation of challenges in Alaska. I am ready to take on these challenges and will work with anyone who strives with me to serve the interests of Alaska.

Gregg B. Brelsford is an independent candidate for Alaska’s sole seat in the United States House of Representatives in the 2022 election. He competed in a Republican primary for the Alaska House of Representatives in 1994. Brelsford is a former Director of the Borough of Bristol Bay and the Town of Dillingham (acting). He is also a former CEO of the Aleutian Islands / Pribilof Associations, one of the state’s 12 regional tribal governing bodies. In addition, he served on the board of directors of the Alaska Federation of Natives. He now lives in Anchorage.

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2 Republicans in AP: Wisconsin Sen. Johnson running for a 3rd term Fri, 07 Jan 2022 23:32:27 +0000

MADISON, Wisconsin (AP) – Republican U.S. Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, one of former President Donald Trump’s most vocal supporters, has decided to run for a third term, two Republicans told The Associated Press on Friday knowing the plan. .

Johnson has been coy about his intentions for months, but recently indicated he would announce his decision soon. Republicans aware of his plans have not been allowed by Johnson to speak publicly about his intentions, but have said he could make an announcement as early as next week. Johnson did not return a text message or phone call asking for comment.

A Johnson candidacy would avoid a widely open GOP primary in the tightly divided swing state.

Johnson pledged in 2016 not to run for the third time, but he rescinded that pledge and started running again for months, saying circumstances changed when Democrats took full control of Congress and the White House.

Johnson, 66, has long said he prefers to retire after two terms.

Even with Johnson in the race, Wisconsin is up for grabs with majority control of the Senate at stake. President Joe Biden won the state by less than 21,000 votes after Trump’s equally slim victory in 2016.

Still, Republicans have reason to be optimistic about regaining control of the Senate 50-50. The party that does not hold the White House usually wins seats in the midterm legislative elections. Former President Barack Obama’s Democratic Party, for example, lost 63 seats in the House and six in the Senate in 2010.

Johnson left the Tea Party movement in 2010, defeating U.S. Democratic Senator Russ Feingold that year and in 2016. Johnson has long been aligned with Trump’s tough policies and politics. He led the investigation to investigate Biden’s son, Hunter, and rarely broke with Trump’s White House.

Johnson became one of Trump’s loudest supporters in 2020, particularly after his electoral defeat, and that support continued after the insurgency on the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021. Johnson held a hearing during which unfounded conspiracy theories of widespread election fraud were given a platform. He also espoused the Capitol Raid conspiracy theories that attempted to blame Trump supporters for what happened.

Just before the Capitol was stormed a year ago, Johnson opposed the Arizona Electoral College vote count.

Trump endorsed Johnson in April and encouraged him to run.

Johnson’s position angered many Tories in Wisconsin. The state’s two largest newspapers in Milwaukee and Madison have called for his resignation.

Johnson has been a strong voice for unproven COVID-19 treatments, and he has accused the medical establishment and health agencies of failing to explore and promote the use of relatively inexpensive drugs previously approved for other uses as early interventions against the coronavirus.

Democrats in the running include Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes; Alex Lasry, manager of the Milwaukee Bucks; State Treasurer Sarah Godlewski; Outagamie County Director Tom Nelson; and Steven Olikara, founder and CEO of the nonprofit Millennial Action Project.

“Wisconsin voters will appreciate the opportunity to fire Ron Johnson, who has used his Senate power to enrich himself and his wealthiest donors at the expense of the middle class,” said Wisconsin Democratic Party Chairman Ben Wikler.

Many would-be Republican candidates waited for Johnson before deciding to run. Former US Representative Sean Duffy announced this week that he is not running for the Senate or Governor. Former Navy Kevin Nicholson, who lost a Republican Senate primary in 2018, has said he will run for governor if Johnson seeks re-election.

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Why Trump’s grip on the GOP is unmatched after the Capitol riot Thu, 06 Jan 2022 00:12:17 +0000

After effectively ending his campaign fundraising in the wake of the Capitol Riot, Mr. Trump relaunched it on the day of his speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference. He raised nearly $ 3.5 million online that day, according to federal records – a one-day harvest that was not approached by any politician or GOP committee in the first half of 2021.

Money is as powerful a measure of its influence as its polls.

At the start of the summer, Mr. Trump on his own was almost equal to the entire Republican Party apparatus online. The RNC, along with the House and Senate campaign committees, raised $ 2.34 million online in the last five days of June. Mr. Trump’s committees raised $ 2.29 million.

The party continues to rely heavily on pro-Trump messages to motivate its supporters online. The RNC, meanwhile, has agreed to pay up to $ 1.6 million of Mr. Trump’s personal legal bills.

The events of January 6 were not without consequences for Mr. Trump. The former president had originally planned to hold a press conference on the anniversary, but abruptly withdrew on Tuesday on the advice of allies and advisers that he would turn against him.

And while Mr. Trump remains popular with Republicans, recent 2024 primary polls show potential vulnerability, even though he is now well ahead of the pack. As a sign of fatigue, even among his supporters, a notable share of Republicans say they would rather he did not run again, up to 40% in a Marquette Law School poll in November. This survey also showed that 73% of self-employed people prefer him not to show up.

Some Republicans, like Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who has regularly polled far behind Mr. Trump, have avoided saying whether they won’t run if Mr. Trump does.

Others, including Chris Christie, the former governor of New Jersey, said Mr. Trump’s decision would not affect theirs. Mr Christie, a former adviser who broke up with Mr Trump after Jan.6, has become one of the few prominent Republicans to push back on Mr Trump’s deceptions regarding the 2020 election.

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Republicans are in great shape to win a majority in the House Mon, 03 Jan 2022 23:43:00 +0000

With the redistribution – the ten-year redistribution of congressional seats – more than halfway over (31 states have finalized their lines for the next decade), the Cook Report released its first assessments of districts in states that have finished with the redistribution.

The rankings suggest a clear Republican tendency at the playing field. There are 22 Democratic districts classified as competitive by Cook compared to just 14 for Republicans.

But that doesn’t even tell the whole story. Of the 22 Democratic seats, three (6th from Arizona, 7th from New Jersey and 15th from Texas) are classified as “skinny Republicans” while two others (2nd from Arizona and 10th from Michigan) are classified “probably. republican ”.

Republicans have only one seat classified as “Lean Democrat” or “probably Democrat”: the race for open seats in Illinois’ 13th.

Among the “toss up” races, there are also more Democratic (eight) than Republican (six) seats.

This is obviously less than a full picture of the playing field. Currently, the Cook Report ranks 263 seats, or about 60% of the eventual 435-seat playing field.

But it does suggest that Republicans have effectively used the advantages they had at the start of this redistribution year, carve out pro-GOP seats and solidify existing members on the cards across the country.

“Still a long way to go, but Republicans are clearly the favorites for control,” tweeted David Wasserman, Cook’s redistribution guru.

What’s remarkable about the Republican outlook in the House is that it remains so positive despite its incumbent leader (Donald Trump) not only accepting blunt assertions about the 2020 election, but pushing for also a civil war within the GOP.

Gaining a majority in the House – as seems likely at the moment – may well mask these problems within the party. At least, Republicans hope so.

Point: Republicans seem to thrive, politically, in spite of themselves.

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Behavioral economics explains why people vote against their own interests. Fri, 31 Dec 2021 15:01:20 +0000

Behavioral economics explains why people vote against their own interests.

(Dennis Cook | AP photo) This Jan. 28, 1986 photo shows President Ronald Reagan in the Oval Office of the White House after a televised address to the nation about the Space Shuttle Challenger explosion.

Since the Reagan years, sociologists, political experts and media types have wondered why so many people vote contrary to their economic interests? Such behavior is irrational, a preference for lies over fact, fake news over real news.

Aside from a new disciplinary tension known as “behavioral economics,” economics assumes that people act rationally by maximizing their satisfaction, by voting in a way that serves their economic interests. Behavioral economics was born from the work of Richard Thaler, Nobel Prize winner in economics in 1987.

The reality, however, is different. Behavioral economics suggests that individuals are often influenced by biases that lead them to make irrational decisions. People buy things they never use, make investment decisions following the herd, act with overconfidence in making key economic decisions, and allow sunk costs to affect current decisions – the error of sunk costs. Marketing and advertising reinforce this irrationality, playing on people’s prejudices.

Presidents Reagan, Bush, and Trump have all promoted policies to reduce the government’s social safety net while promoting deep tax cuts for the rich. The latter is known as the “trickle-down economy,” a fairy tale still propagated by Republicans to justify the tax cuts and jobs law of 2017.

How do Republicans promote globalization and free trade, tax cuts for the rich, deregulation and reduction of the federal social safety net while opposing the increase in the minimum wage, the climate change mitigation, policies that benefit low-income workers? How do Republicans convince these voters that Republicans best represent their interests?

Psychologists define prejudice as an inherent inclination for or against an idea, object, group, or individual. While economists study biases in the context of irrational economic decisions by consumers and investors, biases permeate society through differences in socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, and educational background. In the United States, there is a significant schism between social classes in terms of wealth, education, occupation and social networks.

Globalization and technological advancement have conferred significant benefits on the US economy. Unfortunately, the benefits and costs are not evenly distributed. For those who did not benefit, structural change due to globalization and technological change has reduced real incomes and eliminated many better-paying working-class jobs, exacerbating the schism between the traditional elites and the less educated and the less qualified, fueling their alienation.

Sadly, prejudice is pervasive in America. When effectively exploited for political ends, it can merge racial prejudice, Christian and traditional family values, contempt for urban elites, nationalism, fear of immigrants, and mistrust of science and government. It is a Republican base that feels left behind, frightened by the inevitability of change and seeking to blame itself.

In recent years, Republicans have been adept at cultivating prejudice and demonizing their opponents, a skill that resonates with people of lower economic status. This has allowed Republicans to distract voters from their other policies that run counter to the interests of those dislocated by structural economic changes as well as those who fear losing the last vestiges of superiority and white privileges. Deftly, Republicans recognize and exploit class distinctions and the power of prejudice better than Democrats, allowing Republicans to develop a base that ignores their own socio-economic interests when they go to the polls.

The 1995 film “The US President” provided insight into an effective Republican strategy in using prejudice to win elections. Responding to his opponent’s attacks, President Andrew Shepherd told a press conference that his opponent Bob Rumson was wrong: “Bob’s problem is not that he doesn’t get it, the problem with Bob is that he can’t sell it. ”

Shepherd goes on to say, “Whatever your particular problem is, I promise you; Bob Rumson is not at all interested in solving it. He is interested in two things and only two things. Scare yourself off and tell you who is to blame for it.

Unfortunately, Shepherd was wrong. Republicans do a great job of selling it and that’s how the exploitation of prejudice wins elections.

James “Cid” Seidelman | Westminster College

James “Cid” Seidelman is Distinguished Professor of Economics and Former Dean of Westminster College.

John Watkins | Westminster College

John P. Watkins is Professor of Economics at Westminster College.

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Republican leaders slam Communist China for arrests of journalists: “Shows how scared they really are” Wed, 29 Dec 2021 21:30:31 +0000

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Several Republican political leaders have spoken out against the Hong Kong police for arresting seven current and former employees of one of the city’s last pro-democracy newspapers and raiding their headquarters.

Prominent Republican leaders torched the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) over the arrests and raid, which were carried out on Wednesday under the Communist Party’s 2020 National Security Act.

Republican Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas said in an email to Fox News Digital on Wednesday that the actions of the Hong Kong police reflected the Communist Party’s fear of the free press.


Senator Tom Cotton, R-Ark., In Washington, DC, October 27, 2021.
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“What the Chinese Communist Party fears most is that the world will know the truth about its crimes,” Cotton wrote. “This Orwellian crackdown on non-party sanctioned outlets shows just how fearful they really are.”

“The CCP’s continued assault on Hong Kong’s freedom is reprehensible,” Senator Josh Hawley, R-Mo told Fox News Digital. “The free press has played a vital role in Hong Kong’s continued struggle for freedom and these arrests are a shameful reminder of Beijing’s quest for power. I will continue to fight to hold the CCP to account.

Senator Josh Hawley, a Republican from Missouri, speaks during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in Washington, DC, United States, Tuesday, March 2, 2021. In his first public testimony since taking office President Biden, Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Christopher Wray tell senators that violent extremists motivated by racial and anti-government ideology have become the greatest national terrorist threat.  Photographer: Graeme Jennings / Washington Examiner / Bloomberg via Getty Images

Senator Josh Hawley, a Republican from Missouri, speaks during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in Washington, DC, United States, Tuesday, March 2, 2021. In his first public testimony since taking office President Biden, Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Christopher Wray tell senators that violent extremists motivated by racial and anti-government ideology have become the greatest national terrorist threat. Photographer: Graeme Jennings / Washington Examiner / Bloomberg via Getty Images
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Stand News began in 2014 as a nonprofit and cut its teeth by covering pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong in 2019.

The seven people taken into custody on Wednesday were arrested on suspicion of conspiring to publish “seditious material” and inciting hatred towards the government, police said. Authorities also froze a total of HK $ 61 million in assets.

Senator Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., Spoke out on the Hong Kong government’s suppression of free speech, saying in an email Wednesday that “Communist China will arrest, harass and threaten anyone who dares to say the truth”.

“We must support democracy, Hong Kong and those who struggle to preserve the freedoms of the Chinese Communist Party,” Blackburn continued.

Senator Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., During a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing September 30, 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC

Senator Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., During a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing September 30, 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC
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Former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley said the arrests and the raid were another reason to hold China accountable.

“China has created a Communist watchdog state, is committing genocide against Uyghurs and has unleashed COVID around the world,” Haley said in a statement Wednesday to Fox News. “This crackdown on democracy in Hong Kong is yet another reason we must never stop calling them out and keeping our feet on the fire.”

Nikki Haley, former governor of South Carolina and Ambassador to the UN, opposes Virginia candidate for governor Glenn Youngkin (R-VA), at a campaign event in McLean, Va., On 14 July 2021. REUTERS / Evelyn Hockstein

Nikki Haley, former governor of South Carolina and Ambassador to the UN, opposes Virginia candidate for governor Glenn Youngkin (R-VA), at a campaign event in McLean, Va., On 14 July 2021. REUTERS / Evelyn Hockstein
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The outlet announced that it would cease operations after the raid.

“The editorial policy of Stand News was to be independent and committed to protecting Hong Kong’s core values ​​of democracy, human rights, liberty, the rule of law and justice,” Stand said. News in a statement, as reported by the Hong Kong Free Press. “Thank you, readers, for your continued support. “

The Chinese Communist Party enacted a National Security Law in June 2020 aimed at cracking down on pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.


Since the law was implemented, Hong Kong officials have started cracking down on organizations they see as a threat to the government.

Authorities used the law to arrest five editors of Apple Daily, a media outlet that has long championed democracy in Hong Kong, accusing the outlet of playing a “crucial role” in what they called a conspiracy with foreign countries to impose sanctions on China and Hong Kong. Apple Daily founder Jimmy Lai is currently serving a 20-month prison sentence after being convicted of playing a role in the 2019 protests.

Fox News’ Cortney O’Brien contributed reporting.

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With Republican gains, influence of West Virginia lawmakers on the rise Tue, 28 Dec 2021 01:14:00 +0000

ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) – As Republicans prepare to take control of the Virginia House of Delegates, the influence of West Virginia lawmakers is on the rise.

Republican success in the Nov. 2 election will bring new leaders to the House, and West Virginia lawmakers will lead the charge.

“Over the past decade, almost a decade, the influence and voice of Southwest and Southern Virginia has waned, and some of the key issues largely overlooked with regard to Richmond,” a said Bob Denton, professor at Virginia Tech and WDBJ7 policy analyst. “It’s a very important turnaround.”

The new Speaker of the House, Todd Gilbert, lives in the Shenandoah Valley.

New House Majority Leader Terry Kilgore and his deputy Israel O’Quinn are from the Southwest.

And Botetourt County Delegate Terry Austin and Kathy Byron of Bedford County will chair the Transportation and Labor and Commerce Committees, respectively.

Denton said it could make a difference on issues of importance to the region.

“There are some very unique regional aspects in terms of funding, in terms of education, in terms of transportation,” Denton said. “At least our part of the Commonwealth will have a chance to get things to a vote, at least to get things in committee terms that will be discussed and not immediately thrown out.”

And as the Speaker of the House and Governor-elect announce additional appointments, we may see more people with West Virginia roots taking on leadership roles in Richmond.

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Summit County Republicans, Representative Democracy, COVID Vaccine Sun, 26 Dec 2021 10:30:01 +0000

Party chairman creates confusion

The endorsement of Kim Hoover in the May primary by the Chairman of the Summit County Republican Party was most regrettable. Numerous flyers and documents suggested the Republican Party was supporting someone against outgoing Republican incumbent Lisa Coates. Stow Coates Municipal Judge has been a loyal Republican for many years.

Confusion caused by the party chairman’s endorsement has created a wedge between committed Republicans and the Summit County Party. It has now become apparent that the party chairman failed to exercise due diligence in checking Hoover (“Judge Stow charged with unlawful sanctions”, December 8).

Hoover’s alleged tactics to collect fines and court costs are disgusting. It’s hard enough trying to get young citizens to join the Republican Party without the party chairman making such endorsements. I suggest that Bryan C. Williams do the honorable thing and step down as president.

Edward Davidian, Stow

Cherish a representative democracy

We have all heard the expression “A chain is only as strong as its weakest link.”

When our founders, who represented 13 colonies that became 13 states, drafted and signed the Constitution, they formed a government which can best be described by the following 13 words: “A constitutional republic whose constitution is based on the principles of representative democracy ”. The 12th word in this chain, “representative,” is currently the weakest link in the chain.

Voters are expected to choose their representatives, but due to excessive gerrymandering the reverse is much more common.

Although the two parties are complicit, more and more Democrats live in urban areas and therefore become easier targets to victimize. Due to geography such as rivers, mountains, and state borders, some gerrymandering is inevitable, but most districts should be fairly round or square.

I support the Electoral College which tends to favor Republicans in presidential elections by a few percentage points. I wouldn’t go so far as to say it’s rigged, but to imply that the opposite is true because of fraud without proof is sheer madness.

The three strongest links that define our form of government are the words constitution, republic and democracy. To deduce that one of these words is in some way incompatible with the other two borders on betrayal.

I really wish we didn’t have so many reps who fear the wrath of a former reality TV host who has all the charm of a carnival barker so much that they agree with his twisted definition of the patriotism. We don’t need a January 6th replay by any party!

Michael J. Walzer, Akron

“Personal choice” can affect others

It is difficult to understand at this point in the COVID pandemic how the decision to be protected from the potentially disastrous effects of a highly contagious virus could possibly be personal. The consequences of not immunizing have been evident to all of us for over a year: overwhelmed doctors and nurses; spread of infection to the most vulnerable; asymptomatic carriers involuntarily exposing others; And the dead.

It would be wonderful if those who view vaccines as a personal choice followed this decision with the personal responsibility of not traveling, taking unnecessary trips, and / or not wearing a mask. The effects of personal choice have far-reaching consequences that are anything but personal.

Kelly Urbano, Akron

This article originally appeared on Akron Beacon Journal: Opinion: Remembering When Bryan Williams Endorsed Kim Hoover in Stow

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Again, Democrats are trying to legislate and Republicans are obstructing Fri, 24 Dec 2021 11:00:43 +0000

For the publisher: Well, Jonah Goldberg’s column urging Democrats to calm down after the “Build Back Better” defeat was very smart. He even allowed God a little apparition. I would just like to highlight a few small points.

Goldberg says not only were one or two senators against President Biden’s welfare spending plan, but 52. Yes, but 50 of them were Republicans, not one with a backbone. The Democrats, with messy messages included, are trying to do something; the Republicans are in the way, to a man.

Goldberg also compares Biden’s plan to President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal. In the 1930s, we were going through the worst depression in our history. I’m 91 years old and I have fond memories of how we lived back then. While FDR offered hope, economically we didn’t really get away with it until WWII.

Even if we are politically divided and Biden does not have a magpie tail, but for COVID-19, this economy would be bustling.

No, Mr. Goldberg, it’s not that a lot of Americans are thirsty for a New Deal; is that a lot of Americans are hungry.

Nate Tucker, Costa Mesa


For the publisher: Goldberg postulates that Biden should be content to succeed in doing what his predecessor could not – legislate massive improvements to the country’s infrastructure.

Goldberg suggests Biden should thank God that Senator Joe Manchin III (DW.Va.) thwarted his party’s proposed Build Back Better plan, as if passing this social spending legislation would not greatly improve the outlook. Democrats in 2022 and 2024.

Yes, Build Back Better would cost more than infrastructure law. But there’s a devil in the details: Build Back Better would deliver immediate benefits to working-class families – in the form of tax credits, reduced childcare costs, and more. since many years.

Goldberg should take into account that the voting masses are much more motivated by immediate personal gratification than by long-term infrastructure improvements.

Christine Hagel, Orcutt, California.


For the publisher: It’s ironic that Goldberg begins a column about Build Back Better’s apparent failure with an anecdote about God’s attempts to save a man from a flood.

The Climate Elements of Build Back Better were an attempt to save us from a future of flooding and many other varieties of warming-related devastation.

But Goldberg writes nothing about the obvious urgency of these efforts, preferring to focus solely on politics.

Don Shirley, Sherman Oaks

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